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Banquette Bench: CKGM and Shelayne -- pics please!

posted by: BalTra on 03.29.2012 at 07:04 am in Kitchens Forum

On the heels of 2LittleFishies -
I'd love to see photos of the IKEA banquette benches - hopefully depicting the "filler" needed.
Can these benches be mobile, or must they be built in?
Thanks much.


clipped on: 04.10.2012 at 11:16 pm    last updated on: 04.10.2012 at 11:16 pm

A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.


Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.


clipped on: 10.23.2011 at 10:23 pm    last updated on: 11.25.2011 at 03:53 pm

RE: Tiny Bathroom Renovation - Pix Links (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: Wanderingbooknut on 05.13.2011 at 07:28 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thanks to everyone for their compliments on our renovation. This forum is a great resource.

OK. I admit it. I exaggerated the tininess of the bathroom. It probably should be described as small since the exact measurement is actually 92"x 78". Not exactly palatial, but it sure is bigger than sable_ca's bathroom that is 28" wide! That is even smaller than my mother-in-law's powder room which measures about 3ft.x 3.5 ft.!!

Thanks to terriks for creating the clickable links. I don't know how to do that - so there will be lots of unclickable links below. But it should help those who asked for specifics on the cabinetry and tile. I decided to provide as many links as I could find, in case anyone in interested.

Omega Cabinets - Marco door style - Cherry Wood with Burgundy stain, Comfort Height. We think the burgundy stain on cherry wood is gorgeous. Our first inclination was to go for white cabinets. We are SO glad we changed our minds

Carrerra Marble Sink - Fairmont Designs. The link does not show that the marble sink top is beveled and comes with a beveled splash board as well. It is BEAUTIFUL. It is actually the first thing we picked out and we designed the rest of the bathroom around it.

Bain Ultra Basa Duo Tub - air tub with Integral Skirt and Mia Plus control panel

Swantile Tub 5 piece Wall Kit, Tile Look with 3 integrated soap dishes &Swantile Tub Wall Extension (so that the "tile" would go right up to the ceiling)

Daltile Cliff Pointe Tile- Color: Mountain; Grout color: Raven

Toto Promenade comfort height SanaGloss Toilet with softclose plastic seat

Price Pfister Shower and bath package: Tuscan Bronze

Lighting: Cattail Sconce purchased at Lowes; Portfolio Bloom Vanity Light from Lowes

Thanks again for the comments!


clipped on: 11.07.2011 at 07:30 pm    last updated on: 11.07.2011 at 07:39 pm

Finished Traditional Kitchen (lots of pics)

posted by: jm_seattle on 03.05.2011 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

THANK YOU GARDENWEB! We got so many great ideas from this forum, and everybody was so incredibly helpful and generous.

Here are some pics and a few details:
Kitchen corner
Refrigerator and pantry:
Message center:
Message center with built-in chalkboard
Breakfast nook:
Breakfast nook
Our KD wanted an extremely large window area to bring in light, but made it fit into the old house by breaking it up and using leaded glass:
new leaded glass windows
Sink w/glass filler, runnels, & built-in compost bin:
Sink w/Runnels & built-in compost bin
Built-in compost bin close-up:
Built-in compost bin
Mug shelf:
Mug Shelf
Charging drawer. This entire cabinet is deeper than it appears because it is built into the interior wall behind it, gaining an extra 4" or so of storage space without creeping into the walkway in front of it:
Charging station built into drawer
Island cabinets:
Island cabinets wtih cutting board
Miele ovens installed as flush inset (I searched and never did find pictures of this, so hopefully these will help somebody else):
Miele appliances mounted flush inset
Cleaning closet in "invented space" from interior wall:
Cleaning closet
Extra depth for the vacuum was made by reducing the depth of the drawers under the pantry:
Cleaning closet
The placement of the outlet underneath the music player shelf allows the nasty cordness to be hidden from eye-level:
Music Shelf
Toe-kick heater vent. The toe-kick face under the message center & island is covered with stained oak flooring. From eye-level, the toe-kick absorbs the correct amount of light and gives the appearance of freestanding cabinets.
Under island heater vent
The freestanding appearance is clearer here:
Cabinet built-into wall
Drawers under nook seating area:
Under-seat drawers in nook
There is a powder room off the kitchen. This wasn't our first choice, but ended up being our only choice in this old house, and has been okay, especially considering its placement is directly next to the hallway and away from the primary cooking area:
Bathroom off of kitchen
Adjacent mudroom, which became part of the kitchen remodel. The door is to a laundry chute which we use mostly for kitchen towels & napkins.

Here is a link that might be useful: More pictures


clipped on: 10.23.2011 at 10:05 pm    last updated on: 10.23.2011 at 10:25 pm